Tips for Searching by Party Name or Date with Google

Party Name

If you are interested in finding cases involving a particular party, use the party name search page. That will allow you to quickly view the cases involving a particular party or litigant. Just enter the party name in the box on that page.

Like all searches, this is case insensitive. waterVILle  returns the same results as Waterville.

The titles of the case files include the common abbreviations used for the unions involved. In an effort to make the process for searching by party as useful as possible, no periods were used in these abbreviations and MEA was used even for those older cases when the Maine Education Association was known as the MTA.

The abbreviations used are MSEA, MEA, AFSCME, AFT, IBEW, IAFF, UPIU, IAMAW, AFUM, COLT, and UMPSA.

MSAD 99 is the format for school administrative districts. Note No # or No. is used in the title. Additional formats are RSU, AOS, and SAU.

Note, that a search for MSAD 24 will give all cases in which MSAD 24 is a named party, but may also bring up a case involving some other MSAD that has 24 in the case number, like 83-24.

It does not appear that you can combine a seach of the title with a search in the body of the decision.

 

Searching by Filing Date

Searching by filing year is as close as we can come to searching by date of the decision.

All cases filed at the MLRB are assigned a case number when they are filed. The first two digits of that case number indicate the fiscal year during which the case was filed. For example, cases filed between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2002 were assigned a case number beginning with 02. PPC cases from that year have the format 02-XX while unit determination and unit clarification cases have the format 02-UD-XX or 02-UC-XX, respectively.

To find cases filed in 03, you can enter 03 to search for it in the title. This will return all decisions with case numbers beginning with 03 or having 03 in the case number, like 03-09.htm or 84-03.htm. Not ideal, but it's a bit of a help.